Tomah Health emergency preparedness director receives Rural Health Ambassador Award

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Jeremy Levin, left, advocacy for the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, presents the Rural Health Ambassador Award to James Newlun, Tomah Health's emergency preparedness director. (Tomah Health photo)

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative honored James Newlun, emergency preparedness director at Tomah Health, with a Rural Health Ambassador Excellence Award Friday.
Jeremy Levin, the cooperative’s advocacy director, presented the award to Newlun at Tomah Health as part of the hospital’s recognition of National Hospital Week.
“Often you see health-care employees doing a lot, and I think that is even more so indicative of rural health-care employees,” Levin said.
Newlun is responsible for planning and directing all disaster response and crisis management activities at Tomah Health. That has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Eric Prise, the hospital’s marketing and public relations director.
“Throughout his short three-year career at Tomah Health, James has been devoted to careful planning and effective crisis communications that have positioned the organization into a unique position to handle various situations,” said Prise, who said Newlun’s guidance has been especially effective during the pandemic.
Newlun, one of about 20 people statewide who will receive the ambassador award this year, also chairs the Region 4 Area Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition and is vice-chairman of the statewide HERC advisory board.
The coalition is a group of health care organizations, public safety and public health partners that cooperate to improve safety and health. Region 4 includes La Crosse, Monroe, Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Vernon and Trempealeau counties, along with the Ho-Chunk Nation.
In addition to his duties at Tomah Health, Newlun is fire and emergency medical services chief for the Juneau County village of Camp Douglas.